May the peace of the Lord rest with you all. Erv Puckett's funeral notice is posted here. You may watch it online. If you have not heard Erv's wonderful testimony, it is here. https://youtu.be/LkqL4FZLP8E
The Lord stepped into Erv's life, and Erv stepped into our lives as well, and we want to celebrate his going home to be with the Lord. We want him with us, and that is our sadness. We celebrate what he has meant to us all at the funeral. Come join us! Please share.
Click the picture to watch the funeral on Saturday the 10th 11:00 am, of December. Or here is the link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4Cz4kjxtia_suKjtUdtxh8_SuhVej6IASee full post & comments
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Some of you may know or not that I am going to seminary for my Masters's in Biblical Theology at Calvary University (calvary.edu) with Mary's blessing. I think I am 3/4 of the way through. It is hard work. That is why Bible Study Company posts and podcasts are lower. "Why, Ric, are you going to seminary?". "And shouldn't we just study the Bible any way we want?" Calvary University asked me to do a YouTube interview about why I am going to Calvary. It was an honor, and I hope you enjoyed the video. This video should answer, Who, What, When, How? Let me know your thoughts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_qJpgLQYxA
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This prayer is a guide and biblically based. All a person needs to do is cry out to God in their own words. If you are not sure how to pray, please use this as a guide.
To have a relationship with God versus religion, pray this prayer sincerely and in your own words.
Dear Heavenly Father, (Matt. 6:9) I want a relationship with You...not a religion. I come to You and open my heart. (John 3:16) I will be honest and sincere with You. (John 4) I am running my life and need Your help. (Matt. 6:10) I am made in Your image (Gen 1:26, 27), and I won't be happy until I am in a relationship with you. (Gen. 3) Most of my behavior does not please You. (Romans 3:23) I know I am a sinner, so please forgive my sins because of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who came to die for my sins. (John 3:16) His death on the cross is the punishment I should receive, but You were gracious to die in my place through Christ. By faith, I place all of my past, present, and future sins on Christ. I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, and salvation is a gift! I know I cannot earn my way to heaven by being good through good works. (Eph. 2:8) You did this so I can be in a relationship with You on earth and for all eternity. (Romans 10:9-13) And I will forgive those who have sinned or hurt me because you have forgiven me. Take away any bitterness or resentment I carry toward You or other people. (Matt. 6:13-14) Please show and teach me how to live a praiseworthy life on earth to You starting today. (Matt. 6:33, Acts 9 and 10) I ask you to be in my heart, as Paul said in Ephesians 3:17. I know that You love me, Father, and I want to love You and that you have a purpose and plan for my life. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. Lord, because You gave me breath in my lungs and Jesus is my Savior, because you paid my sin debt. Please teach me to pray. (Matt. 6:9) Thank You, Jesus, for saving me to Yourself (Ex. 19:1-8) and making me a new person! (2 Cor. 5:17) In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen!
If you make a decision for the Lord Jesus Christ, will you please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you some resources.See full post & comments
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We are experiencing growth in our youtube channel and podcasting. We hope you will consider sharing and subscribing and recommending to your friends.
We are working on creating short videos on many topics of interest to our walk with Christ. If you have ideas of what topics you would like to have us research pls let us know.
We also want to produce a course for people on "the proper methods to study the Bible for yourself without all the fluff". If your church or fellowship would like us to come and share on how we study to be pleasing to God and what we learned from Loveisrael.org let us know.
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Yet, our website and apps are only one part of the ministry we call Praiseworthy Life, Inc which is also doing business as (DBA) Biblestudycompany.com.
We do ask that when considering BSC for donations, please do NOT take from your local congregation. Nor take from Loveisrael.org. Consider us standalone.
You can donate here. Please consider selecting the monthly donations sequence. This helps us with our budget.
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Bible Study Company has a new nonprofit. The name is Praiseworthy Life. We hope you will consider supporting the ministry to keep BSC free to users. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2RL9zTm
We have grown over the last two years to 1300 plus Facebook followers and literally thousands of views on podcasts and videos. Several hundred visit the website, and we have 413 users to date. A user is someone who logs in and takes notes. Through BSC the gospel is going forward, especially in these dark times. The purposes of asking for support are:
1. Monthly expenses to run a website and,
2. Create new features and,
3. Create content for the BSC, and that can be distributed to spread discipleship and the gospel message
Bible Study Company is a community of believers studying scripture to live a praiseworthy life to Jesus Christ. To be a disciple we need to take the posture of obedience to His Word and Christ is the Word.
We are: An online study Bible with a social media community
Our mission: Studying Scripture to live a praiseworthy life
Our vision: That a “Company” of believers are studying Scripture to live a praiseworthy life
Our Hope: That Pew-sitters move to disciple and then to disciple teachers bearing fruit for Christ
BSC is not just an e-reader but an online STUDY BIBLE. Here is a short video that discusses the features and is for presenting at a fellowship or group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxmZGDipIjA&t=35s
Thank you for supporting us!
Ric and Mary Joyner
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Mary and I wrote an article for a magazine in Cleveland TN called Good News. Here is the article. Let us know what you think.See full post & comments
I woke up this morning to a family member asking if we are OK because we are on a tour of Israel. I was puzzled. I feel the safest I have ever felt on any trip.
We are right here in Jerusalem and there have not been any incidents. When you are here you see what is really happening. You find out quickly that what you learned about the Jewish/Palestinian struggle is from western media sources that Israel occupied Palestinian land. If you believe that please get educated other than left-wing media such as CNN or New York Times. People yell about Fox News is right wing but at least most shows on Fox let both sides speak. But the Main Stream Media (MSM) is slanted and biased. CNN numbers are falling very fast. The headlines of NY Times on Gaza today are a total perspective lie and they are being called out on it by people and other news organizations. Israel dropped leaflets telling Hamas not to approach the fence. Hamas says the protests are peaceful, yet they are burning tires to create a smoke screen while known terrorists are trying to cut the fence and hurling large stones that could kill Israelis and flying kites with bottles of flammable liquid to burn Israeli crops. They are putting their women and children up to the fence which is a threat to use as human shields for the media attention and paying them to put themselves in harm's way. This is not a peaceful organization. But the MSM news does not show that. The news does not show the Palestinian flags with Nazi swastikas! Why not? Perhaps the knowledge of the truth may hurt their agenda! Hamas is running Gaza and is a known terrorist organization with the stated goal (Iran as well) to annihilate the Jews. Yes, you heard correctly. They want to kill Jewish people because they are Jewish. And do so. How can a peace deal be reached when that is the stated goal? Their goal is not to have a homeland but to kill Jews. Did you know Gaza was given in 2005 to the Palestinians for the hope of exchange for peace? It was a thriving Jewish community of 25 years that created an oasis of productive businesses, farms, and homes. Many of the homes and businesses were destroyed by Hamas simply because it was Jewish! Those Jewish families evicted out Gaza which was legally purchased, and some have not recovered! Get educated, please. Israel has learned that giving into a terrorist organization is futile if the stated goal is to kill Jews. Of Israel’s population, a great percentage are peaceful Arabs who live in harmony with the Jewish people. We have personally interacted with them and their kindness and generosity are amazing. They are not terrorists they are part of a country that loves them and welcomes them with open arms.
Our guide is a 10-generation immigrant to Israel and is a Jew. As we walked the streets of Jerusalem which were controlled by Jordan he said where the Jewish families in 1967 were sniped at and killed from the walls of Jerusalem!!! We drove down roads near the Golan Heights by Jewish farms and trees had to be planted to cover people from snipers! He lived all of this.
This land was a desert prior to 1948. Who would want it? But it has come alive today which is a prophecy fulfilled! Ezekiel 36.37
I have personally stopped watching news media for several months and am glad I have. The media is being called out on their bias. But they continue to lie. When you are from the outside looking in, as we were, the information is skewed. Being here is much different. Israeli children asked someone in our group today if they loved Israel. The children also were chanting a line that basically said “at least we are alive” meaning what they suffered as a people. The nation of Israel is a wakeup call to all of us who love God and want His purposes fulfilled. When we first arrived in Israel last week we met a young Colorado Jewish woman who lives now in Israel. She is a citizen. When visiting here she said that most Israelis assume people hate them! This is the feeling in Israeli citizens. How would you like to live like that?
Get educated. We are. Those who bless Israel will be blessed. Read Gen 12 because those who curse Israel will be cursed. Take a stroll near the Palestinian areas and you will see it there are marked differences. Jewish communities have large fences and the Arab population does not. Why is that? Death threats. So, do we want to pass on information that curses Israel without getting the other side? Please share so people will get the correct information or start asking questions.See full post & comments
Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think. This is what community is all about. The input regarding Community v.s. Company was close to being equal. Many people loved the phrase; bible study community. A good amount of folks also liked Bible Study Company which was what we originally started with. When we began BSC in 2015 our mission was to study scripture to live a praiseworthy life to God by being a “company” of believers studying scripture. In the end, our mission is also community. Remember to check out our groups and post your favorite meaningful comments in the community area. BTW we appreciate those who share with others about BSC.
After my email to everyone, I grabbed www.biblestudycommunity.com and now we have both: Bible Study Company and Community web addresses!
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Thank you for participating in Bible Study Company! We are thinking of a name change since we are early on in our growth. Mary and I came from a corporate background. We thought, at the beginning of our planning stages for BSC, that it would be a “play on words” to call our project Bible Study Company, in hopes, that BSC would be a "company" of believers studying scripture to live a praiseworthy life to God. We are now seeking invitations to churches and mission organizations to present BSC, and we fear that the word “company” may be a hindrance. In the video, I share an anecdote of a dear friend who was expounding the features of BSC with a pastor and why the pastor should use it and tell his congregation. My friend mentioned that "it was an online community...". My mind went straight to that comment. Community gets to the heart of what we are trying to do. So why not be “Bible Study Community”? My immediate thought was to see if www.biblestudycommunity.com/.org was available and it was. Thus I secured it. We are at a perfect window of time to change the name if our advisors and current users agree.
Our survey question to you is this: Do you believe "Bible Study Company" could be a hindrance to doors opening in churches and mission organizations versus Bible Study Community? Or does it matter? Do you believe “community” vs. “company” better reflects our mission?
Here is the video: https://www.screencast.com/t/bkZLWAdTd1ES
We would love your feedback, and on any improvements, you think might be helpful to your study and recommending us to your congregation and friends. In case you hadn't noticed yet, we have vastly improved our search capabilities and created a new feature allowing you to share notes with friends outside of BSC! We will be posting a “road map” of wish list features for our users to vote on in the future.
Your feedback is appreciated, please take your valuable time and let us know your thoughts. We can only grow if you are behind us.
In His service,
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